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FF-63-2015

PROCLAMATION

RE: SHAD-COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES AND TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF RULES

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Friday, January 1, 2016, the following restrictions will apply to the harvest of hickory and American shad:

I. TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF RULES

A. The following portion of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03M .0519 is suspended:
Paragraphs (a) and (b) which read:
(a) It is unlawful to take American shad and hickory shad by any method except hook-and-line from April 15 through December 31.
(b) It is unlawful to possess more than ten (10) American shad or hickory shad, in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes.
B. The following portion of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03Q .0107 is suspended:
Paragraph (4) which reads:
(4) Shad: It is unlawful to possess more than 10 American shad or hickory shad, in the aggregate per person per day taken by hook-and-line.

II. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS-COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES

A. ALBEMARLE, CROATAN, ROANOKE, AND CURRITUCK SOUNDS AND TRIBUTARIES
1. It is unlawful to possess American shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M. Thursday, March 3, 2016 and after midnight, Thursday, March 24, 2016.
2. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Friday, January 1, 2016 and after midnight, Thursday, April 14, 2016.
3. It is unlawful to possess more than ten (10) American or hickory shad in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes and only one (1) of the ten (10) may be an American shad.
B. BAY AND NEUSE RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES
1. It is unlawful to possess American shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M. Monday, February 15, 2016 and after midnight, Thursday, April 14, 2016.
2. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Friday, January 1, 2016 and after midnight Thursday, April 14, 2016.
3. It is unlawful to possess more than ten (10) American or hickory shad in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes and only one (1) of the ten (10) may be an American shad.
C. PAMLICO SOUND, PAMLICO AND PUNGO RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES
1. It is unlawful to possess American shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Monday, February 15, 2016 and after midnight, Thursday, April 14, 2016.
2. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Friday, January 1, 2016 and after midnight Thursday, April 14, 2016.
3. It is unlawful to possess more than ten (10) American shad or hickory shad, in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes.
D. CAPE FEAR RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES
1. It is unlawful to possess American shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M. Saturday, February 20, 2016 and after midnight Monday, April 11, 2016.
2. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Friday, January 1, 2016 and after midnight Thursday, April 14, 2016.
3. It is unlawful to possess more than ten (10) American or hickory shad in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes and only five (5) of the ten (10) may be an American shad.
E. ALL OTHER INTERNAL COASTAL AND JOINT FISHING WATERS
1. It is unlawful to possess American shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Monday, February 15, 2016 and after midnight, Thursday, April 14, 2016.
2. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Friday, January 1, 2016 and after midnight Thursday, April 14, 2016.
3. It is unlawful to possess more than ten (10) American shad or hickory shad, in the aggregate, per person per day taken by hook-and- line or for recreational purposes.
F. ATLANTIC OCEAN
1. It is unlawful to possess hickory shad for commercial purposes prior to 12:01 A.M., Friday, January 1, 2016 and after midnight Thursday, April 14, 2016.
2. It is unlawful to possess more than ten (10) hickory shad per person per day taken by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes

III. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-134; 113-181; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03M .0512.

B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. In accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0519(c), it is unlawful to possess American shad taken from the Atlantic Ocean.

D. In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) All persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

E. The intent of this proclamation is to implement the provisions of the N.C. American Shad Sustainable Fishery Plan as part of Amendment 3 to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Shad and River Herring.

F. Proclamation M-3-2014, dated February 3, 2014 prohibits the setting of gill nets in the Joint Fishing Waters of the state from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday each week. Portions of Albemarle and Currituck sounds are exempt from that provision.

G. Contact N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at http://ncmarinefisheries.net/.

H. This proclamation sets the 2016 season and harvest restrictions for American and hickory shad in Coastal and Joint Fishing waters.

December 8, 2015
11:00 A.M.
FF-63-2015

 

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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